So….what’s been happening since my last post? Too much it seems. And that’s not a new situation. It seems that my body is sending me a reality check…via my eyesight.
And that has certainly caught my attention.
Here’s what’s been happening.
It all started mid-summer. Remember mid-summer around here? It’s okay if you don’t. I can barely remember most of it and I was the one living it…a short re-cap:
Two of my oldest kids moved out on their own. We were preparing to enroll our youngest in private school (after homeschooling all of our kids for the last 20 something years). My sister had surgery that turned into a medical disaster of long-term duration. We were in the middle of numerous renovation and just plain fix-it projects around the house. We were caring for a seriously ill dog.
Am I forgetting anything?
Let’s just say that I was feeling pretty stressed.
I noticed that I wasn’t seeing very well. I figured that my eyeglass prescription had changed. I was really busy. I put off going into the optometrist. Things didn’t get better. I started moving my glasses to the top of my head and doing everything up close. I started watching television without my glasses. With my eyesight, that means I was listening to the t.v. and not actually watching it. I started having headaches. Driving at night was almost impossible. I started avoiding the computer…important stuff like email and the budget.
I lived with it. I pretended that everything was fine. I didn’t really tell anyone. That’s what a “good” mom, wife, person does. We soldier on. That’s what I was raised to do.
At the end of December, my husband and kids dragged me to the eye doctor to get my new glasses.
During the exam (which I failed miserably) the doctor commented that my script hadn’t changed all that much.
Interesting – since I can’t see much of anything…everything’s blurry.
We ran through the test again.
And that’s when I noticed it.
I was trying to read the whole line of letters. And I couldn’t. When I tried to focus on one letter at a time, they were going in and out of focus…rapidly.
When I mentioned it, the doctor said “hmmm”. It’s one thing for me to say “hmmm”. It’s another thing altogether for the doctor to say it.
Long story short (too late, I know!) it’s not my eyes at all. It’s my brain. I’m now seeing a neuro-developmental optometrist. And having Neuro-Visual therapy.
I’m a reasonably smart person.
I don’t know crap about any of this.
There’s a lot of big words.
Basically, I’m stressed. Not “normal person I need a spa day” stressed. I am apparently in constant “flight” as in the fight or flight thing. I’ve heard references to this before from a psychiatrist when we were figuring out whether I was depressed or anxious (or both). That’s why I take an anti-anxiety med.
I’ve lived with this for a while.
I write about it here. I’m trying to live a more intentional life. I’m looking for joy. I’m decluttering crap. I’ve been working on it…I really have.
Apparently, I’m not doing enough. Or I’m not doing it right. Or….I don’t know right now.
I do know that this has all gotten my attention. We talk about stress. I know stress is bad. I know it. But I didn’t really know.
I knew that stress could cause problems physically.
I knew that it could happen…someday.
But this is scary stuff…right here and right now.
My body is tired and running too fast and things aren’t working right.
Right now, we are at a fixable point.
So, it turns out that my new slogans for the new year were spot on.